Psalm Seventy-Nine (79) “Have Pity on Jerusalem”



(A Psalm by Asaph.)

Have Pity on Jerusalem


1 Our God, some foreign nations have

Taken your land, disgraced your temple,

And left Jerusalem in ruins.


2 They’ve fled your servant’s bodies to

Flesh-eating birds; your loyal people

Are food for savage animals,


3 And all Jerusalem is smeared

With blood, their blood, with no one left

To bury them. 4  Each nation ‘round


Us sneers at us and mocks us; 5 Our

Lord, will you keep on being angry?

And will your angry feelings keep


Flaming like fire? 6 Get angry with

Those nations that don’t know you and

Won’t worship you. 7 They’ve gobbled down


Jacob’s descendants and have left

The land in ruins. 8 Don’t make us

Pay for our fathers’ sins; have pity;


Come fast. We are completely helpless.

9 Our God, you keep us safe. Now help

Us. Rescue us; forgive our sins;


And bring yourself great honor;  10 why

Should nations ask us, “Where’s your God?”

Let us and other nations see


You take revenge for all your servants

Who died a brutal death, 11 and hear

The prisoners groan. Let your might


Rescue all who are sentenced to

Death. 12 Every one of those lands sneered

At you, our Lord; let others sneer


At them now, seven times as much,

     13 Then we, your people, always will

Thank you; we are like sheep with you


Our shepherd, and all generations

Are sure to hear us give you praise.


  1. I’m a little tired of calling those that work in government “public servants”. They are highly paid with pensions not seen in the private sector, unaccountable and can’t be fired. That isn’t public service, its self-service.